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LETTER: Dirt, sod, does not belong in my brown garbage bin

"We already pay high fees for garbage, recycling, and composting. Madam mayor, city council: What am I supposed to do with my dirt?"
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Being of reasonable amiability, my grumpy old senior moments rose to new heights this morning.

I hooked my small trailer to my car and drove off to the composting site in the north end of St. Albert, only to discover it's closed on Mondays. OK, I can live with that, but upon reading the sign I discovered they no longer accept sod or dirt.

What is going on here?

I phoned public works and was told sod and dirt is now considered garbage, and there are various sites in Edmonton I could bring it to – no doubt to be charged a fee – or I could put it the brown garbage bin.

I could maybe get a shovelful or two, if that, in the brown bin some weeks. According to my calculation, it would most likely take me two years, if I'm lucky, to get rid of it all that way.

We already pay high fees for garbage, recycling, and composting. Madam mayor, city council: What am I supposed to do with my dirt?

Paul Beland, St. Albert